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May092012

POLITICS: 39th Assembly District, Alarcon-Bocanegra, sexual harassment claim vs. Bocanegra dredged up, latest step in an already-contentious race....

* LA Weekly:  "Raul Bocanegra Sees Sexual Harassment Claim Dredged Up in Assembly Race Against Alarcon" - From the Weekly:

   A group of women said today that a candidate for California's 39th district, Raul Bocanegra, has faced an allegation of sexual harassment "several years ago," a claim that they want to know more about as he faces off against embattled L.A. city Councilman Richard Alarcon for the office.

   A letter from the dozen female signatories went out today to assembly rules committee chair Nancy Skinner. It makes this request:

We are asking that you please make public any sexual harassment complaints made against Raul Bocanegra, including what the investigation found of said complaint and whether or not a financial settlement of any kind was reached. These are taxpayer dollars and voters have a right to know if a State employee's sexual harassment settlement cost the taxpayers money while still allowing him to continue to walk the halls of the State Capitol.

The letter claims that ...

... We have been made aware of from various elected officials within the state capitol that a complaint of sexual harassment was filed against the Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, Raul Bocanegra. This complaint was made by a female California state employee and was filed several years ago.

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   The race between Bocanegra and Alarcon has already become contentious, and this hit our desk like a pile of mud. Both men seem to have powerful allies in California's Latino-Democrat machinery: Bocanegra counts state Sen. Alex Padilla as a backer; Alarcon has assemblyman Gil Cedillo in his corner........